MSN Consumer Guide (Robert Christgau)'s Scores

  • Music
For 179 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 86% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 14% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 13.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 86
Highest review score: 100 Feed The Animals
Lowest review score: 33 Definition Of Real
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 179
179 music reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Grohl is hookier than Nickelback, which is saying something.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The subtle flutter of her finest melismatics could give an open-minded person goose bumps. Her coarser melismatics, however, are the usual showoff BS and probably also a commercial prerequisite, like not having a harelip.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There are three good songs on this 11-track artifact, and deeply vapid though the split-personality bit is, the trick of dividing the album into two CDs does leave a 17-minute dance disc that can be played without gastric distress by any purchaser who isn't picky about diva gangstaism or videophone porn.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Talented lad, Turner. Not on this evidence incapable of ever writing quick, clever, cynical little songs again.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's far from a shock but definitely a disappointment to watch Ms. Trained Pianist survey her branding options and choose the bland card over the brains card.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    At least when the bassist ruled they livened up this overworked dynamic with beats. Now they tax it with tunes.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Such is the lure of his hypersensitivity that his admirers forgive and even applaud the extreme attenuation of this tastefully decorated click-and-loop.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Just when I'd made my peace with pop prog and begun to hope arty prog would prove another casualty of the age of digital instantaneity, these postrock warriors get the bright idea of adding tune and humor to their higher mathematics.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It's that he trivializes his own content--not the gangsta, braggadocio no one takes seriously anymore, but the pimp slime.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Although Nick Urata can't match pipes with Richard Hawley, a plus in a way, he's hawking mellifluous overstatement flavored with a nostalgia far enough past its sell-by date that it stinks a little.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    This is a new direction? It's not even a halfway decent collection of songs.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Low-tune for a pop band, low-momentum for a rock band, they stand a chance of evoking bad Elvis Costello when they take you by surprise or emote on in the background.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Eminem settles for sensationalism straight up, and, worse still, makes you wonder whether he ever truly knew the difference.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Buried at Track 7, the developed rhyme, unkiltered time, unsettling keyboards, and Kenny Garrett sax coda of "Abstractionisms" deliver what the flowery "Caring" and the endless "Do You Dig U?" emphatically do not: the "brand new sound" the finale only brags about.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Ys
    So much that is sprightly about the debut is subsumed here by ambition, to be kind, and privilege, to be brutally accurate. [Feb/Mar 2007]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    These are "rock songs" in Ned Rorem's dreams -- they're as ornate as a high-class geisha house.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Even doing her humble bit, she yells in your ear.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    The turns of phrase are usually cul-de-sacs, the flights into obscurity have bum wings, and do you really prefer, for instance, Vernon's best-in-show "Now all your love is wasted?/Then who the hell was I?" (much less "Only love is all maroon/Lapping lakes like leery loons") to this Creeley ordinaire
    • 85 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Their skilled playing remains modest enough, but on this subtler and more pretentious material, the skills predominate, and just in case they don't, let's add a string quartet here and real choirboys there.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    This airy prog-psych self-indulgence is merely an elaboration of the back half of that debut--the half I tuned out then but appreciate some now, because, even as self-indulgent elaborations go, the follow-up's a doozy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The album is unlistenable for a simple reason: Roger Daltrey.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's easy out there for an Oscar winner, but you'd never know it from these entertainment moguls, who pretend or report that they're still investing in mayhem, misogyny and sales careers whose main drawback is that they can get you arrested.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    His plot is so preposterous and unempathetic it's more the appearance of a plot, or an elaborate joke about a plot.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    She has hitched her modest talent to an art-rock wagon she won't outpace anytime soon.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    I don't like right-wing Christianists either. But as every oppressed teen in the right-wing orbit knows full well, they're not as garbled and simplistic as Armstrong's anthems insist.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's not as if he overdoes the sexism or sounds like a total lame, although his voice does crack slightly.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    This two-hour double-CD/triple-LP, their first product since 2001, is grand, somber, amelodic, arhythmic and slow, leaving plenty of time to admire the notes' altered states.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 33 Critic Score
    He knows what reality is. It's giving grief a bad name.